Vanilla and Rose Surprisingly Smell Good Together...
Vanille Fleur opens with a very sweet vanilla that is not of the powdery nor bean variety, coupled with a nice natural rose note that never upstages the sweet vanilla, but does not play second fiddle either. This rose resembles the rose in By Kilian's Rose Oud to some degree; straight forward and somewhat "feminine" but unsullied and pleasant. In the scent's heart a peach note emerges to mingle with the sweet vanilla and rose duo to form a trio that remains through the end of the scent, with the vanilla taking more of the sole starring role in the later stages of the dry-down. Projection is average and longevity is above average.
Vanille Fleur is a beautiful scent that is just as much about the rose as it is about the vanilla. The scent is relatively minimalist and linear, with just three notes really making an appearance. As such, you would think the scent might be a bit too thin or unbalanced, but actually it works rather well and the peach used as support is extremely well-implemented here (unlike another rose scent I recently tried, Rose Etoile de Hollande by the late great Mona di Orio). Vanille Fleur is quite on the "feminine" side of the spectrum and most likely will work better on a lady, but either sex can indeed pull this one off. If there is anything that is a bit off-putting here, the sweetness is a bit over-done to my personal taste but admittedly it is no sweeter than other Micallef scents like Gaiac. My guess is that sweet scent lovers will be mighty impressed with this effort and other folks will be too. Vanille Fleur is yet another winner from one of the most consistently superb houses around and earns an excellent 4 out of 5 stars.